Maybe you’ve seen the Tater Mitts commercial. I have, and I immediately knew that our home had to have a pair. So guess what Jeff got for Christmas, in addition to the Swiney’s Irish Pub t-shirt and propeller beanie! (That’s our Christmas Tree, behind him–a string of lights tacked to the wall, because we’re moving and didn’t have the time or energy to put up and decorate a tree.)
It wasn’t just the ad that sold me.
It was the fact that I cannot even think of Tater Mitts without being flashed back to this scene from That 70s Show. As you read the headline of this blog, you must say it as though you are Laurie, yelling “Tater Nuts!!! Tater Nuts!!!” because that’s how I’m hearing it in my head: “Tater Mitts!!! Tater Mitts!!!”
So, yeah, Jeff got this goofy gift simply because I wanted to indulge my sophomoric sense of humor.
Anyway, I didn’t realize when I picked up the box that it comes with a “free” French fry slicer! A Bonus Slicer! This was a boon from a kind and beneficent Universe, because our Christmas dinner was supposed to include baked potatoes, but we won’t have oven space and we were trying to figure out what to have instead. Enter the Tater Mitts and the Bonus Slicer. We’re having French Fries!
Now, one thing that ad doesn’t mention is that you have to boil the potatoes for six minutes first. What this does is cook the skin and just the layer of potato below the skin, so the skin will–theoretically–just come off when you rub it with the Tater Mitts.
Well, here’s how it worked:
After what was waaaay more than eight seconds, as claimed in the commercial, Jeff finally stopped trying. In case you’d like to know how this adventure ends, I suggest that you read an old, old blog post of mine: